High Risk Breast Programs
If you’re considered high risk for breast cancer, we offer a number of special programs, including:
Cancer Genetics Program
Our full-time, Certified Genetic Counselor has a Master’s degree in genetic counseling and is an integral member of the breast care team. She can provide an individualized assessment of personal cancer risk and can evaluate what role genetic factors may contribute to your risk of developing breast cancer. Genetic testing can provide concrete information about your cancer susceptibility genes that can help you understand your lifetime breast as well as ovarian cancer risk.
If you are at high risk for breast cancer, you may benefit from more frequent screenings and the use of particular technologies that enhance imaging in specific ways. Surveillance for high-risk patients involves additional breast screenings using digital mammography with computer-assisted detection in addition to breast ultrasound and high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Reducing your risk of breast cancer by incorporating lifestyle changes is greatly emphasized by our team. Our breast surgeons and medical oncologists are happy to discuss healthy living strategies with you. They work closely with the physicians in Integrative Medicine to ensure a holistic, evidence-based approach to wellness. Our Sarner Health and Fitness Institute also offers medically supervised fitness and lifestyle change. You can choose from an array of specialized programming, including water aerobics, yoga, personal training, and more.
Certain medications can be taken preventively to reduce the likelihood that breast cancer will develop. In consultation with medical oncologists at the Bennett Cancer Center, an example of a chemo-prevention strategy might be to take Tamoxifen, in order to decrease your risk of developing cancer.